Both seats on the Nov. 8 ballot will be for full six-year terms. Those elected will serve from January 2023 through December 2028.
Dearborn School trustees oversee Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College. They are responsible for the budget at both institutions and hiring, overseeing and evaluating the district superintendent and college president. Trustees are not involved directly in day-to-day operations in the district. Those who want to learn more about the board’s role may watch some recent board meetings on the district’s YouTube channel.
To be eligible to run, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and live within the DPS district. The district includes almost all of Dearborn and a small section of Dearborn Heights. People who have been convicted of certain felonies in the last 20 years are not eligible.
People interested in running for school board need to file their completed paperwork with the Dearborn City Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. July 26. Filing documents can be picked up from the City Clerk’s office.
The required filing paperwork includes a school board candidate affidavit and a nominating petition with at least 40 signatures but not more than 100. A candidate can pay $100 instead of collecting signatures. The City Clerk’s office is at 16901 Michigan Ave. A notary will be available at the office to notarize the affidavit.
The deadline to withdraw from the school board race is 4 p.m. July 29.
The seats up for election this year are held by Trustees Hussein Berry and Pat D’Ambrosio.
For more helpful resources, those interested in serving on the board may review the Michigan Association of School Board’s 2022 Candidates Guide. MASB also will host live town hall meetings this summer to provide would-be candidates with more information. See their Get on Board website to register for an event.